World Health Day

The First World Health Assembly called for the creation of a World Health Day in 1948. Since 1950, World Health Day has been observed on April 7 every year. The aim of World Health Day is to raise global awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organisation (WHO). World Health Day serves as a launch for a long-term advocacy plan, for which activities will be organised and resources made available.

2018 is the 70th year since the call for the creation of a World Health Day. WHO is calling on all nations to live up to their pledges they made when they agreed to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, which offers an opportunity to realise health for all, i.e. to commit to concrete steps to advance #HealthForAll. This aims at ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardships.